Sustainable Bagging

Environmentally Responsible Bagging

At NOVOLEX™ , we believe in keeping our planet sustainable. That's why we are committed to using recycled content in both our Hilex Poly® and Duro Bag® brand plastic and paper retail bags; and to bringing recycling to communities with our Bag-2-Bag® program. But sustainability is more than just recycling, so we encourage all consumers to practice the 3 R's: Reduce-Recycle-Reuse.

Reduce...the use of unneeded paper and plastic bags.
NOVOLEX™ is proud that people choose our product more than any other bagging option when they shop.  But, all of us at NOVOLEX™ want to stop "bag abuse" ...the unnecessary or improper usage of bags. We help retailers train employees to follow proper bagging techniques and to recognize when not to use a bag.  Our Hilex Poly® bagger training video is available here:


Recycle paper and plastic bags.
NOVOLEX™ encourages consumers to recycle both their paper and plastic retail bags, and to also to recognize they are recycled through separate systems.

Duro Bag® brand paper retail bags can be recycled at local paper recycling centers and through curbside programs across the United States and Canada.

Plastic retail bags are equally recyclable, but should be recycled through store takeback programs.  Our Bag-2-Bag® recycling program is one of the largest store takeback programs in the country and makes plastic bag recycling easy. Simply bring your used plastic retail bags, and other bags and films, back to participating stores and drop them into the plastic bag recycling bin.

Check with your local municipality, waste management authority, and merchants who use plastic bags to see if they are part of the Bag-2-Bag® recycling program. If not, encourage them to take a look at our Bag-2-Bag® program or other programs that help improve recycling in your community.

Reuse your paper and plastic retail bags to give them a second life.

Reusing Plastic Bags
Did you know that 9 out of 10 people in the United States report that they reuse some or all of their plastic retail bags?

Plastic bags can be reused for:

  • Household trash bags...did you know most household trash cans are actually designed to hold a plastic retail bag?
  • Diaper bag supplies
  • Automotive trash bag
  • Laundry bags...great for the gym
  • Travel and beach your shoes in a bag when traveling
  • Storage containers and padding...crumpled up plastic bags are a great way to store holiday decorations
  • Pet waste...many parks now have dispensers you can place your extra bags in.
  • ...share your ideas on our facebook site

Paper bags can be reused for:

  • Bundling paper recyclables...did you know old newspapers fit just right in a paper bag?
  • To carry your lunch or picnic...long live the term "brown bag it"
  • Book covers and crafts...keep a few extras around for the start of each school year
  • Composting and or yard waste
  • Insulating frozen items
  • Ripening fruit
  • ...share your ideas on our facebook site.


Did you know that plastic bags are the most reused packaging item with surveys showing that more than 60% are reused for bin liners alone?

How to Pack a Paper or Plastic Bag

Store purchases come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and weights. Some items should never be bagged and other products come with ready to carry packaging that reduce the need for a bag. Shoppers and baggers can work together to properly pack bags and reduce usage.

Bags that are packed right:

  • Hold more and reduce the total number of bags used
  • More stable in your car
  • Usually easier to carry

There are two basic approaches to good paper and plastic retail bagging techniques:

1) Building Walls

Build walls on sides of bags with boxes or tall, light items - it helps the bag stand up and balances the weight. Fill centers with cans, small cartons and other packages.

2) No Walls
Use all items to pack the bag out - a filled bag will hold all items in and not spill as easily.

Good bagging technique should also include:

  • Keep cold and wet items separate from other items.
  • Protect glass containers by separating them with small boxes and light packages
  • Mixing heavy and light items in the same bag (Don't put all the heavy items in the same bag.)
  • Only bag items that need to be bagged.

Do not bag the following items:

  • Packages with handles
  • Gallon jugs
  • Bagged produce
  • Large packages that can go directly into a cart

Bagger Training

See our downloadable bagger training resources for easy ways to properly pack plastic bags and/or paper bags.